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PostSubject: Rosensteel Plantation   Sat May 26, 2012 9:23 pm

"Pull it tighter!" Serenity Rosensteel shouted from her bedroom. Exclamations such as this were often heard throughout the house, and were just as often ignored by the general populace. Except for the poor girls (3, in total) that were pulling on her corset strings. Miss Serenity tended to get testy before parties, especially recently. All of her friends were getting married, or they already had children. Or worse, they were being courted. All of them except her.

"It is just so unfair. Are they prettier than me?" Her voice was breathless, after the proper knots had been tied on her corset.

"No, Ma'am." A girl said, as she prepared the frilly skirts of the single young lass.

"Well then what seems to be the problem with me?"

"Well, maybe the problem isn't you, ma'am. Maybe it's the men."

Serenity's eyes widened. "Yes! It's the men! It has to be them. I have to try harder with the men. I can't be the last one of all the ladies in the South to get married.."

Serenity's lamentation about her love life was a sad but true sentiment. She was definitely not without good looks. Her blonde hair was always in shiny ringlets, her limbs not too skinny nor plump. The face in the mirror was pale and sweet, with big eyes and-with a bit of biting- a nice, colored lip. Her mother would kill her if she saw any lip color that wasn't natural, of course. Those were for the women down at the saloon every night, not for a young belle such as Serenity. Most befuddling of all in regard to her bad luck with the male gender, Serenity was definitely not lacking the feature Southern men prized most highly- a wonderfully empty mind, filled with compliments, flirty words and frilly things.

"It's not as if I don't try. I try very hard, don't I? I flip my fan, and laugh, and eat no more than a bird would in public.. And it's not as if I don't have money! The only thing I have that's working against me is the worst luck in the entire world!" Serenity wailed. The thought never crossed her mind that the problem with her might just be her spoiled wailing.

With that last complaint, she finally stepped into her dress. It was a beautiful gown, pure white, with pink floral print on it. At her waist, accentuating the tight corset, was a pink satin sash, that coordinated with the bows on her skirts, the size of which rivaled even Marie Antoinette's- although not really, for Serenity's father was only a wealthy cotton farmer, hardly a French king. In the pre-civil war South, however, the two terms were almost interchangeable.

Serenity grabbed her pink fan, and tried to delay the perspiration from hitting her forehead. "Do you think Angel Astor will come tonight? Well, it doesn't matter. If he doesn't, Charles will be here. Either way I'll have a man to entertain. And make sure poor Amanda gets invited. Even if she takes my leftovers, she still deserves something. She's such a dear.. Now you're free to go and make sure everything is ready. I can put my own shoes on. Go-- Wait, make sure Selia's not wearing that dreadful grey dress. Put her in something green. Now go!"

As soon as she was alone, Serenity slipped into her shoes and sighed deeply. Tonight could be wonderful, if she did everything just right.

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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sat May 26, 2012 10:01 pm

It was a beautiful night for a party. After most of the guests arrived, (the entire town was invited, excusing the poor white trash) things got nice and lively. Young couples danced around the main hall, violinists played and skirts swayed in time to the music. The stars shined down on the gardens, where giggling couples walked and talked gaily with each other. Older men and married women talked together in a more somber circle- the topic of war had come up again.
As always, excluded from all of the fun, was Serenity Rosensteel. Not a single boy had asked her to dance- she was sitting alone at a table, watching her little sister get spun around by some gambler from Mississippi. Her little sister dancing more than Serenity.
At her party. Where she was the prettiest, the freshest flower of them all! And there she was, condemned to sit on the wall, not even catching a glance of her favorite young men.
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sat May 26, 2012 10:13 pm

Amanda stumbled in, escorted by her mother, nearly falling over on her face. Never in her life had she worn such a heavy dress or tighter corset. The top was a basic, satin black design that squeezed every part of her tightly. It ruffled at the end of the long sleeves. The over skirt was made of the same material as the top, but drooped over a bright red, intricate ruffle underskirt. Amanda's face was so painted up she felt as though she could barely smile, simply because Mr. Vainglory would be there tonight.

Fan in her hand, Amanda made her way over to Serenity to participate in the typical party conversation ("Thank you for inviting me, lovely dress")

"Long time no see!" Amanda half smiled, fearing she would crack her make up. "Thank you so much for the invitation."
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sat May 26, 2012 10:18 pm

"Hello, Amanda." Serenity said cordially, smiling up at her. The poor lass's mother was such a priss.. It made Serenity feel much better about her own mother not allowing her to redden her lips.
"You look lovely tonight, dear. I must say, red flatters you. You can take a seat wherever you like, there's plenty of food. The lemonade is wonderful. Just the right amount of lemons." Party talk very nearly drove Serenity Rosensteel- and she secretly suspected, everyone on the face of the Earth- to suicide.
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sat May 26, 2012 10:24 pm

Amanda nodded, licking her lips. "Thank you! Hm, I think I'll find a seat nearest to that lemonade then."

Amanda awkwardly glanced around for a moment, looking for a way out. With all the hoopla her mother taught her, why not small talk? "I ought to start circulating.. Mother may wring my neck out if I'm not social enough. I absolutely adore you dress by the way!" With one last smile, Amanda continued on her way, secretly holding the desire to find Mr. Vainglory.
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sat May 26, 2012 10:27 pm

"Hm. What a dear." Serenity said to herself, before sipping her water again, and scanning the room for anyone she could talk to. Maybe she should call it a night and just go upstairs to cry. That would be a wonderful conclusion to a failed party.
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sat May 26, 2012 11:08 pm

Melenie, her ungainly pregnant belly creating all sorts of wicked bends in her emerald frock, sidled up to Serenity with a narrow glass of just water balanced carefully between her fingers. "Well! Aren't you looking like a real somebody?" she teased.

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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sun May 27, 2012 8:33 am

"Melanie!" Serenity squealed, jumping up and hugging her as tightly as possible- without making her belly uncomfortable, of course.
"I've missed you so much. How are things at the store? You look lovely, that dress is so nice on you.." After a short pause in her flow of niceties..
"Is your brother coming?" Blunt, to the point. She liked the way that sounded.
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sun May 27, 2012 10:55 am

The half-asses attempts Mel was planning to respond to the niceties flew out the window with the last one. "Ohh, THAT'S what you're after, eh?" she jeered, nudging Serenity in the side.

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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sun May 27, 2012 10:58 am

Serenity turned an unflattering shade of pink. "Y-You know it was just a question, Mel. He's a friend, is all." She was quite the bad liar.
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sun May 27, 2012 11:20 am

"Frankly, I don't know if he'll be here. I'm not my brother's keeper." She sipped -- rather, drank half of -- her glass of water. "I doubt El'll attend, though."

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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sun May 27, 2012 11:25 am

"Well, it's not as if I care about him, do I? He's already married." Thank God she could be blunt with Melanie, who didn't quite mind what she said.
"Besides, for brothers, Angel is far more handsome. And also, far more single."
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sun May 27, 2012 12:14 pm

Serenity was also not one to hold her position on something for very long, Mel thought, sharing a little laugh with herself. "He probably will, if he hasn't got anything more important to tend to," she said in a rather hinting resonance.

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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Sun May 27, 2012 12:19 pm

"Good! After all, I am saving him a dance. Or two.. Or all of them." She said miserably.
"Melanie, I know it's direct to ask, but could you please tell me how you were asked to be married? I just don't know what I'm doing wrong."
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Mon May 28, 2012 9:30 pm

No short of thirty minutes later, Serenity Rosensteel had finally allowed herself to accept the offer of a dance by a fine young man. Waiting was not what she was best at.

"You're a wonderful dancer.." She said, keeping that fake little smile plastered on.
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Mon May 28, 2012 9:41 pm

"As are you, m'lady," Andrew smiled right back, the corners of his eyes creasing. Andrew Brown was a banker, and had made it big at a young age, making him one of the richest bachelors in the south. "I must say, you are absolutely beautiful... It's a wonder that you're eligible. I'd imagine that men from all around would be asking you for your hand."

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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Mon May 28, 2012 9:48 pm

"You're far too kind." Serenity blushed, and looked down at her feet. "I suppose I've been far too selective with my suitors. Then again, none of them are quite as gentlemanly as you." None of them except Angel, she thought to herself.
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Mon May 28, 2012 10:02 pm

"It's not a matter of selectivity that I'm surprised about, but that no suitable men have come chasing after you yet. You can be as selective as you want, but being as beautiful as you are--inside and out, you're a very charming lass--I'm surprised that your prince hasn't come into your life yet."

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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Mon May 28, 2012 10:10 pm

"I suppose you are quite right about my horrible luck with men. But maybe my prince has come." These words seemed much more shallow when they came out of her mouth. Oh well. The song ended. "I'm afraid I feel faint. I need to sit down."
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Mon May 28, 2012 10:25 pm

Drew felt his heart leap. Was she referring to him? "Allow me to help you," he took her arm gently and led her over to a chair for her to sit in. Once she was seated, he kissed her hand ever-so-softly. "Until we meet again, m'lady."

HEY I JUST MET YOU AND THIS IS CRAZY BUT HERE'S MY NUMBER SO CALL ME MAYBE

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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Mon May 28, 2012 10:32 pm

"I hope that it's soon." When she looked past the whole money thing, he did have rather nice eyes. With that, it was clear that she had dismissed him, as she took her fan and started to waft air towards her face.

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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Mon May 28, 2012 11:10 pm

With that, he left and scouted out for pretty ladies. He danced with a very pretty, albeit rather short, woman with black hair and a purple dress for one song and then went to chat with the men outside.

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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Tue May 29, 2012 8:06 pm

"Terribly sorry, Melanie! I could hardly refuse a dance from him, he was a banker. What were we talking about?" Serenity said, taking a sip of the lemonade. "How are things with the store?"
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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Tue May 29, 2012 8:13 pm

And enter the prince charming of the evening, one very handsome, industrious and very single Angel Astor. Having recently taken over the family's oil company since his father had passed away months earlier, he was in greater wealth than he'd ever seen from his inheritance and side jobs, and thus could afford a stable and luxurious carriage trip down from the southern arm of New York. He wore his long hair curled primly around his ears and his mutton chops trimmed and combed to rugged immaculacy. He was practically wringing his derby hat in those gentle hands of his, scanning the room as an owl scans for mice in the fields. Some said he was mad -- others, simply a bit "touched" -- and others still said those accusing were shades green with envy.

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PostSubject: Re: Rosensteel Plantation   Tue May 29, 2012 8:18 pm

Serenity took a rather large breath, and fanned her face much harder than before. "Melanie. How do I look? Do I look alright?" She hissed, glancing up at Angel between every sentence.
"Oh lordy. Please tell me if he comes this way. I can't eat anything more. I can't drink anything." With the tightness of her corset, and the shortness of her breath, it seemed like Serenity would faint right then and there.
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